Mr. William Kossler

Adjunct Faculty of Guitar

Office: Off Campus

Teacher Certificate, Talent Education Institute (Suzuki Method Institute),Matsumoto Japan. Student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Toshio Takahashi (1985-1986).
Master of Music Degree, Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC Student of Christopher Berg (1980-1984).
Bachelor of Music Degree, Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, Student of Christopher Berg (1975-1980).


William Kossler is a guitarist of uncommon ability in demand internationally as both a teacher and performer. William has placed as a finalist in regional and national competitions and received positive reviews for his compelling performances. He has conducted Long Term Artist Residencies with both the South Carolina and Tennessee Arts Commissions, and as a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship spent a year in Japan studying with pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  A co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method, Mr. Kossler has conducted pedagogy workshops for guitarists throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  He currently directs and teaches guitar privately in Winston- Salem with the Winston Salem Suzuki , with directs the guitar instruction at Piedmont International University, and has served on the North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Artists Directory as a performer on the guitar, lute, and vihuela. His wife Lauren is a Suzuki violin teacher and performs with the Winston-Salem Symphony. William performs in solo and various ensemble settings, including as a guitar/violin duo with his wife and with his three sons who are also accomplished guitarists. In his free time he enjoys fishing and gardening.

Books, Articles, Memberships
Books available internationally:
Suzuki Guitar Method - co author.

Books available from Young Musicians at
Music Theory Studies for the Guitar
Harmonic Analysis Of Your Repertoire
Mystery Songs Book - A Beginning Reader for the Guitar

Mr. Kossler's articles on guitar pedagogy have appeared in Soundboard (the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America), The Suzuki Journal (the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas) and several other publications.

Workbooks (Available from
Bass Notes Melody Notes Book

"A performer who is guaranteed to please." THE GENDAI GUITAR, Tokyo, (National Japanese Guitar Publication)
"Kossler played with apparent effortlessness...his performance was a joy to hear." (Concerto performance with the Brevard Symphony). THE TRANS TIMES, Brevard, North Carolina
"impressive musicianship....seemingly effortless technique." THE SUN NEWS, Myrtle Beach, SC

Suzuki Association of the Americas
Guitar Foundation of the Americas